The 2017 Katy Jazz Festival Promotes, Preserves and Encourages Jazz Education with World-Class Jazz Groups Investing in the Future of Jazz

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The 2017 Katy Jazz Festival is in its ninth year of jazz presentation and education. It prides itself on the preservation of not only the history of jazz but its investment in the musical potential of young jazz bands from junior high to university level.

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We have experienced many students who participate with their school groups to go on and do great things in music either performing, writing or teaching. Some have even received university scholarship offers while at the Katy Jazz Festival.

Each year the Katy Jazz Festival organizers offer local schools the opportunity to register to participate in their upcoming festival. KJF is education-based and known for promoting and preserving the pure essence of jazz history, not only to the general public, but affording the opportunity for students to attend master classes taught by professional jazz musicians that are established in the industry who tour the world sharing their artistry. The Katy Jazz Festival ignites the musical potential in young students by offering their schools jazz ensembles a chance to perform on the campus of a major jazz festival. The participating school groups are selected pertaining to their date of registration for the festival.

“We have experienced many students who participate with their school groups to go on and do great things in music either performing, writing or teaching. Some have even received university scholarship offers while at the Katy Jazz Festival, the real "award" is the great opportunity the school bands, combos, and their directors have to "learn from the masters” says Bob Bryant, organizer of the Katy Jazz Festival.

Some of the school bands that will be performing on Friday, April 21, 2017 are:

The McDonald JH Jazz Ambassadors Big Band/Joe Young The Barbers Hill HS Jazz Band/Kevin Stone
WoodCreek JH Jazz Band/Bryan Cremer
New Braunfels HS Jazz Band/David Eckert
Morton Ranch HS Jazz Band/Kevin Thomson
Waller HS Jazz Ensemble/Richard Hanf
Genre Ranch HS Jazz Band/Lisa Stiles
Noelle & The Bobcats from Texas State University/Morris Nelms.

Saturday, April 22, 2017:

Pershing Middle School Jazz Ensemble/Meredith Hernandez
Dulles HS Jazz Combo/Spencer Clayton
Huntsvilee HS Jazz Band/Andrew Twiss
Klein HS Jazz Band/Chris Lambrecht
Edna HS Jazz Band/Russell Balusek
Kerr HS Jazz Tones/Ashley Siegrist
Hate HS (#2) Jazz Project/Dale Fremin
Ridge Point HS Jazz Ensemble/Dustin Stamer
Lamar HS Jazz Band/Austin Hilla
Watrip HS Jazz Ensemble/Jesse Espinosa
Brazosport HS Jazz Band/Dennis Boucher
Elsik HS/Project Blue/Brenda Corral-Smith
Cinco Ranch HS Jazz Band/Danny Rivera
Katy HS Jazz Band/Terrance Gorton

Various master classes will be conducted by: Eric Marienthal, Jeff Bunnell (Buddy Rich Band), members from: the vocal jazz group Cloudburst and JD Warren and The Rudiment.

Not only are the professional jazz groups the best in jazz performance but have a passion for sharing their craft, expertise and talents with the students and directors, knowing full-well that their contribution is an investment in the future of jazz.  This platform of presentation has resulted in more attending the festival and becoming a more educated audience and greater "consumers" of jazz.

To learn more and to purchase tickets go to http://www.katyjazzfestival.com.

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